has spent the last twenty years teaching reading and English to middle school students. His writing career began in 2005 with the publication of The Door Within. Since then four of his titles have appeared on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller List and his books have garnered many other awards. He continues to write for the kids he cares so deeply about because he believes that, on a deep level, we all long for another world and yearn to accomplish something significant. Batson lives in Eldersburg, Maryland with his wife and four young children.